Emily Iland, M.A.
Emily Iland is an award-winning author, researcher, film-maker, advocate and leader in the autism field. She is the mother of a young man with ASD and brings personal experience and insight to her professional roles.
She enjoys teaching as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge. Emily is also an engaging professional speaker and trainer, presenting a variety of topics in English and Spanish across the US and abroad.
Experience Autism Training Program
Come to Life Wins 11 Awards!
English, Spanish & E-Book honored with
national and international recognition
Foreward Book Awards Finalist
National Parenting Products Award
Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Excellence
International Latino Book Awards
Emily is the mother of three adult children. She is joined in her work in the autism community by her 33-year-old son Tom, who on the spectrum.
Emily is known for presenting practical information in an understandable way. To date, four of her books have been formally recognized for excellence!
Emily conducted original research for her master’s degree. She is a collaborator on a new randomized, controlled study. She also does extensive investigation when writing her books.
Advocate & Leader
Emily has co-founded or led several different organizations. She is known for collaborating to create novel initiatives, especially in the area of safety.
Special Areas of Expertise
Teaching Youth to Interact Safely with Police
Training for Law Enforcement
Transition to Adulthood
Outreach to Spanish-speaking Families
BE SAFE The Movie
BE SAFE Tools and resources use video modeling to help youth with ASD learn to interact safely with the police in everyday situations.
Experience Autism teaches police officers and first responders how to interact safely with police to reduce risk and improve outcomes.
Transition to Adulthood
Emily and her son Tom share evidence-based guidance and insider secrets to help youth succeed in adult life.
The Drawing A Blank book and related workshops explore how to help readers with ASD understand what they read.
Emily is actively involved with research, outreach, parent education programs and cultural competence training.
Get Inspired and Empowered!
Emily is known in the U.S. and abroad for providing personalized, practical information that inspires and empowers participants. Presentation formats include full-day workshops, interactive lectures, webinars and other training events. She also co-presents with her son Tom, who is an articulate and inspiring speaker. Contact Emily to bring training to your community!
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Together we can bring education, safety, and security to our loved ones on the spectrum. We’re in this together.